“According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” Eph 1:4-6 (KJV)
I think these are my favorite verses in the entire Bible. At the beginning of the year, I decided to “park” in Ephesians for the whole year, and it hasn’t gotten old yet! Every time I read through it (sometimes the whole thing in a day, sometimes just part of it for the day), there is something fresh that jumps out at me. But the above verses are my absolute favorites.
I have always been fascinated by adoption. I love the idea that a child who is deprived of the most basic of human needs – the love of a family – can be so fully integrated into another family that it is as if they had been born into that family, with all the rights, with all of the parental love given to natural born children.
This is what the Lord has done for me. Even before the creation of the world, He looked into the future, saw me, and CHOSE me. I am and could never be anything on my own. Yet He so fully integrated me into His own family that I share the inheritance rightly belonging to His own Son!
I am far from what I want to be as a wife, as a mother, as a friend … as a Christian. Worse yet, I am far from what my husband needs in a wife, what my children need in a mother, what my friends need in a friend, and what I should be as a Christian. In spite of that, though, I am fully accepted by my Father because of Jesus Christ.
Now THAT is amazing GRACE! 🙂